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Situated about a mile north of the Pere Marquette River, the unincorporated community of Walhalla, Michigan is along US-10 in Branch Township in east Mason County.

Just south of Walhalla, the Pere Marquette River has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River, and the community is nearly surrounded by the Manistee National Forest.

Besides US-10, other routes to and from the community include Walhalla Road, Gibson Road, Wever Road, and Benson Road. Most of Walhalla's population is along South Walhalla Road and its intersection with US-2.

Unincorporated communities in Michigan are without defined boundaries, but the resort area east of the US-10/Walhalla Road intersection, surrounding Romeo Lake, Long Lake, and Emerson Lake, might also be considered part of Walhalla.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Walhalla include Custer, Scottville, Fountain, Freesoil, Baldwin, Ludington, and Walkerville.

Prior to its settlement by European-Americans, there was an Ojibwe village at this location. Its first European-American settlement was known as Merritt, but when the Pere Marquette Railroad came through, its station was named Manistee Junction. The Pere Marquette located a junction here, of its Saginaw to Ludington main line and its branch north to Manistee.

A post office was established as Manistee Junction on January 10, 1891, with Charles H. Bates as postmaster. On February 8, 1905, it was renamed Walhalla by an admirer of Richard Wagner's opera, Die Valkyrie, in which Valhalla was the banquet hall of the gods.

Today, Walhalla is a small residential community that includes some lakeside resorts, and businesses supporting local residents, vacationers, recreational tourists, and people traveling US-10.

The focus of this portion of our web guide is on the small, unincorporated community known as Walhalla, Michigan. Online resources representing any governmental entities within the community, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities, are appropriate for this category, although many of these don't exist in Walhalla at this time.



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